Martha Washington's surviving correspondence includes more letters to her niece Fanny than to anyone else. In 1785, Fanny married George Washington's nephew, George Augustine Washington, and the couple resided at Mount Vernon during Washington's first term as president. A year after moving to New York, then the nation's capitol, Martha penned this brief note requesting Fanny send her a few items she left behind, including a "good impression" of her father's silver seal, a "white necklace," and "some small mother of pearl beads." To ensure their safe arrival, she instructs Fanny "you must have them directed to the President."


ALS (Autograph Letter Signed). One page with text on recto. From New York on March 22, 1790, Martha Washington requests that her niece Frances "Fanny" Bassett send to her a few items she had left behind at Mount Vernon.

Partial watermark, center left edge. Only top half of watermark is visible. A crest is topped by a crown, similar to Gravell, FOREIGN WATERMARKS 101.


March 22, 1790




Ink, laid paper


Overall: 9 7/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. (25.08 cm x 20 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1979


Recto, bottom right corner, in brown ink: - and believe me your / most affectionate / M Washington

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Colors (Beta)

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